Semi-final in the Nations League: Olympics in danger-DFB women fail to France

semi final in the nations league olympics in danger dfb women fail to france

Status: 24.02.2024 00: 12 Clock

After a bitter lesson in Lyon, the German footballers have given up their first Olympic chance. The team of interim national coach Horst Hrubesch lost on Friday evening (23.02.2024) to France in the semi-finals of the Nations League with 1:2 (0:2).

“We weren’t brave enough in the first half. We have to act differently.”, said Giulia Gwinn in the ARD: “This is very bitter.” It looked similar to Hrubesch: “We made too many mistakes in the first half.. If you want to win those games, you have to act like we did in the second half. And then, of course, make the gates.” 

In front of 30,267 spectators, the DFB players conceded two goals by Kadidiatou Diani (40. Minute) and Sakina Karchaoui by foul (45.+4) – Gwinn’s transformed Handelfmeter (82.) came too late. However, since the French women are automatically qualified as Olympic hosts, the German national team still has one last chance to qualify for the Summer Games in Paris (26 September). July to 11. August).

Last Chance against the Netherlands

For this, the Vice-European champions would have to win next Wednesday the match for third place in the Nations League against the Netherlands, which lost 0-3 to Spain in the other semi-final. It is played in Heerenveen. In 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, the German women won Gold, but then missed the Games in Tokyo. Half a year after Australia’s World Cup debacle, it would be another bitter setback for the German Football Association if things don’t work out with Paris either.

In addition, Hrubesch’s Mission would have ended and the DFB, whose president Bernd Neuendorf was sitting in the stands in Lyon, would have to present a successor. Hrubesch cashed in his 13. His first loss as head coach.    

Däbritz only on the bench

Against the third in the FIFA World Rankings, Alexandra Popp and Svenja Huth were the only final participants of 2016 in the starting eleven. Sara Däbritz von Olympique Lyon the first half was on the bench. As announced by Hrubesch, Wolfsburg’s Popp and Bayern goalscorer Lea Schüller formed the double-top spot-there was a gap in the attacking midfield from the start.

Captain Popp had loudly sworn her fellow players in the circle before the kick – off to the big task: “In everything we do, we push ourselves because we need it. For every Moment, for every second and for the victory, and for the Dream Olympics. Let’s go!”

France is faster and gedankenschneller

At first, the French women seemed more nimble and quick-thinking in an intense exchange of blows. Goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, however, let a flank ball from Sarai Linder slip through her fingers – and Popp headed next to the goal for the first time after a quarter of an hour. The DFB players bite into the game. So Klara Bühl pulled off dangerously twice. But the goals fell on the other side: Schüller cleared a free kick with his head in front of Diani’s feet – and the outstanding Olympique Lyon striker shot exactly into the right bottom corner.

After a ball loss by the ailing defensive boss Marina Hegering, Lena Oberdorf got Grace Geyoro off her feet in the penalty area. On Karchaoui’s penalty kick, Merle Frohms had her hand on the Ball, but it ended up in the net. With the addition of Däbritz, Jule Brand and Sydney Lohmann in the second half, Hrubesch tried to give the game another turn.

Slats-bad luck for Popp

Popp first missed the equalizer with a crossbar, which Gwinn then got on a penalty. Amandine Henry had previously jumped the Ball to the Hand, as the video evidence revealed. In the final phase, the Germans pushed to the 2:2, first of all Popp, who failed with a free kick to Peyraud-Magnin. Hrubesch again directed his eleven vehemently forward, but the attempts of Brand and Sjoeke Nüsken also rushed over the goal in the five-minute injury time.

Spain qualified – Netherlands wait for Germany

In addition to the French women, Spain has also qualified for the Olympics for the first time. The world champions won their Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands 3-0 (2-0), thus redeeming one of the two Tickets still open for Paris.

Jenni Hermoso (41.) and Aitana Bonmati (45.) scored a double in Seville before the break. Ona Batlle (77.) increased after the break.

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